1st Edition

New Directions for Research in Foreign Language Education

Edited By Simon Coffey, Ursula Wingate Copyright 2018
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    New Directions for Research in Foreign Language Education brings together contributions by reputed scholars that examine the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of teaching and learning foreign languages. With a particular focus on languages other than English, the book looks at the socio-political dimension of language learning and teaching and the need to re-theorize multilingualism for our age. The volume includes a range of perspectives, from language teaching as an act of reconciliation to language learning across the lifespan, from innovations in assessment and curriculum to critical appraisals of pedagogy and textbook materials. Each chapter presents a clear case study drawn from diverse contexts to illustrate the different concerns of the contributors. The book is a valuable resource for all students, teachers, teacher educators and researchers who share an interest in researching multilingualism and the different facets of teaching and learning foreign languages. 

    PART 1: Changing rationales for language study

    1. Navigating precarious territory: Teaching Turkish in Greek-Cypriot classrooms
    2. Panayiota Charalambous, Constadina Charalambous and Ben Rampton

    3. Language learning as opportunity across the life span 
    4. Simon Coffey

    5. Foreign language teaching for citizenship development
    6. Mairin Hennebry


      PART 2: Foreign language study for global multilingualism

    7. Not English but English-within-multilingualism
    8. Jennifer Jenkins

    9. ‘Glocal languages’: The ‘globalness’ and the ‘localness’ of world languages
    10. Manuela Guilherme

    11. L2 learning outside the classroom: new directions for research on intercultural interactions during study abroad
    12. Rachel Shively


      PART 3: Critical perspectives in the classroom

    13. French language textbooks as ideologically imbued cultural artefacts: Political economy, neoliberalism and (self) branding
    14. David Block and John Gray

    15. The need for new directions in modern foreign language teaching at English secondary schools
    16. Ursula Wingate and Nick Andon

    17. Developing competence for French as a foreign language within a plurilingual paradigm
    18. Nathalie Auger


      PART 4: Innovations in policy and practice

    19. Assessing the diverse linguistic and cultural repertoires of students of diverse languages
    20. Angela Scarino

    21. Embedding the assessment into the learning: a new direction for high-stakes speaking assessments
    22. Martin East

    23. Toward an educational policy for U.S. collegiate foreign language instruction:
      Curricular considerations

    Heidi Byrnes



    Claire Kramsch


    Simon Coffey is Senior Lecturer in Modern Languages Education at King’s College London, UK. He is joint editor of the Language Learning Journal.

    Ursula Wingate is Senior Lecturer in Language in Education and works in the School of Education, Communication and Society at King’s College London, UK.

    "This book focuses on the challenges of teaching languages other than English, in varied contemporary contexts. It presents a stimulating selection of rationales, critiques and innovative proposals for curriculum and assessment, which will help professionals at all levels to reassess their practices and engage constructively with today’s diverse students."
    Rosamond Mitchell, Professor Emeritus, University of Southampton, UK